New American Standard Bible
Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, For what he deserves will be done to him.
King James Bible
Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Darby Bible Translation
Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him, because the desert of his hands shall be rendered unto him.
World English Bible
Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them; for the deeds of his hands will be paid back to him.
Young's Literal Translation
Woe to the wicked -- evil, Because the deed of his hand is done to him.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Wo unto the wicked - To all the wicked - but here having particular reference to the Jews whom Isaiah was addressing.
It shall be ill with him - The word "ill" is the only word here in the original. It is an emphatic mode of speaking - expressing deep abhorrence and suddenness of denunciation. 'Woe to the impious! Ill!'
For the reward of his hands - Of his conduct. The hands are the instruments by which we accomplish anything, and hence, they are put for the whole man.
Shall be given him - That is, shall be repaid to him; or he shall be justly recompensed for his crimes. This is the principle on which God rules the world. It shall be well here and hereafter, with those who obey God; it shall be ill here and forever, with those who disobey him.
LibraryThe Christian view of Sorrow
"A man of sorrow, and acquainted with grief" Is. Iii. 3. There is one great distinction between the productions of Heathen and of Christian art. While the first exhibits the perfection of physical form and of intellectual beauty, the latter expresses, also, the majesty of sorrow, the grandeur of endurance, the idea of triumph refined from agony. In all those shapes of old there is nothing like the glory of the martyr; the sublimity of patience and resignation; the dignity of the thorn-crowned Jesus. …
E. H. Chapin—The Crown of Thorns
"But Whereunto Shall I Liken this Generation?"
The Prophet Micah.
The First Great Deception
"Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?"
"But it shall come about, if you do not obey the LORD your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:
2 Chronicles 6:23
then hear from heaven and act and judge Your servants, punishing the wicked by bringing his way on his own head and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.
If I am wicked, woe to me! And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. I am sated with disgrace and conscious of my misery.
"So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices.
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a man's hands will return to him.
But it will not be well for the evil man and he will not lengthen his days like a shadow, because he does not fear God.
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